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 |  Jul 19 2012, 12:31 PM

Lamborghini announced that 1,000 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 supercars have now been produced.  

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 |  Mar 29 2012, 5:31 PM

For some people, it isn’t enough to just have an exotic supercar like a Lamborghini, they want theirs to be different, a bit more unique.

Especially good at making the rich part with extra money is the German tuner Mansory, which has modified just about every exotic car in the market, including the Bugatti Veyron. However, some of their work has been a bit tasteless and gaudy.

Thankfully now it seems that Mansory is modifying cars with a bit more science behind their madness, and that seems to be the case with their take on the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.

Their Aventador is more than just some thoughtless body kit, this one actually improves airflow to cool the brakes and engine on the car, but also improves downforce.

Their car is slightly wider too, 40 mm at the front and 50 mm at the rear, due to Mansory’s own design on the fenders, and hood.

It’s not all show without any more go power either. Mansory tweaked the Aventador’s ECU and now this car produces 744-hp and 553 lb/ft of torque. According to Mansory, this Aventador can sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 220 mph.

Plus, Mansory has taken some weight out of the Aventador by replacing some factory components with lighter carbon-fiber pieces.

To finish it off, you get new exhaust tips, new wheels and a large rear wing (calling that wing a spoiler just doesn’t seem right). The end result looks really quite good, so good job Mansory.

No prices have been published regarding this customization package, but if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.

GALLERY: Mansory Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

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 |  Oct 26 2011, 2:15 PM

Underground Racing’s Ferrari 458 Italia has been twin-turbocharged and packs 700-whp. Lamborghini‘s Aventador LP700-4 delivers 700-hp from the factory, so obviously it makes perfect sense to pit the two Italian exotics against one another in one awesome video.

Though the “racing” in the video isn’t exactly perfect in terms of judging which vehicle is truly better or faster, it’s worth watching to hear the sonorous note of two if Italy’s finest exotics.

The 458 features Underground Racing’s Stage 1 bolt-on turbo kit taking the factory 562-hp to a 700-whp on 93-octane pump gas. If you’re not aware of just how big a difference there is between 700-hp and 700 horsepower at the wheels, this video should clear things up pretty fast.

Underground Racing has promised a rematch of the two in the near future, just as soon as it preps a twin-turbo setup for the Aventador’s V12.

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 |  May 11 2011, 10:32 AM

The new Lamborghini Aventador may be six inches longer than the Murcielago it replaces, but that doesn’t mean it can’t fit into some pretty tight spaces.

Recently the maker of Italian exotic cars hand-assembled a version of its new carbon chassis 700-hp supercar in-doors. The car now sits as the main attraction at the “La Forza del Toro” exhibition at the Lamborghini Museum in Rome.

From the chassis, to the body, and then the engine, suspension and more, each part of the Aventador was brought into the confined space and then hand-assembled. There’s no word on how long the whole process took, but you can watch it all unfold in just two minutes.

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 |  Apr 29 2011, 2:20 PM

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Whenever an automaker launches a new vehicle, a selection of staged photos is usually handed out to the auto journos present. Sure it’s a bit of a cop out to use the official press pics, but they’re almost always better than a few snaps by Joe Editor, plus by not having to worry about images there’s more time to drive the car.

Lamborghini‘s new Aventador supercar has just undergone its first round of test drives by journalists and with it comes a gallery of photos that look like something you should post up on your bedroom wall.

There’s no shortage of pics, so you can check out every crease in the metal an every carbon fiber weave. Plus there’s that 700-hp V12 engine, pushrod suspension and that LCD screen display.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

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 |  Apr 26 2011, 8:43 AM

Maybe ‘epic’ is too strong a word. Or maybe its just overused these days. Either way, this three-minute glam spot for Lambo‘s newest supercar is worth a watch.

There’s plenty of beauty shots of the Aventador, lots of action and even more CGI.

If only every Avantador came equipped with an abandoned highway…

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

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 |  Mar 01 2011, 2:24 PM

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Lamborghini has unveiled it’s sixth generation of V12-powered super machines at the Geneva Auto Show today. Replacing the Murcielago in Lambo’s lineup, the Avantador LP700-4 is, according to Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelman “a jump of two generations” due to it’s tremendous advancements in technology.

Rising from the level of an exotic to a true supercar, the LP makes 700-hp from a V12 engine, powering a machine built almost entirely of carbon fiber, while using a racecar-style pushrod suspension, the company’s impressive AWD system, as well as a compact and emotional ISR single-clutch gearbox.

The monstrously large machine is now 6-inches longer than the car it replaces while being just fractions of an inch less wide. Yet for all its amazing attributes, the carbon fiber monocoque chassis is perhaps the most astounding, allowing the Aventador to weigh just under 3,500 lbs in its dry weight form.

While the chassis is revolutionary, the design itself is somewhat evolutionary, a development of the fighter-jet looks we first saw with the Reventon. The Aventador takes cues from that car as well as from the Estoque sedan concept, and retains the scissor doors that Lambos have become famous for. Another stylistic item, that’s also very functional, is the exterior vents on the car that open and close depending on when (and how much) cooling is needed.

As mentioned, power comes from a 6.5-liter V12 engine, with a total of 700-hp on tap, as well as 509 lb-ft, and when combined with AWD propels the new Lambo flagship to 62-mph in a mere 2.9 seconds.

Part of that speed it also attributable to what Lambo calls its Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) transmission, which can swap gears in just 50 ms in a special Corsa mode, delivering a more impressive shift feel than a double-clutch unit while also weighing significantly less.

Inside it’s pure luxury with a new TFT-LCD screen for the dash instead of analog instruments. It even features what Lamborghini terms a “Drive Select Mode System” that allows the driver to adjust vehicle settings (including engine, transmission, differential, steering and stability control) to one of three pre-determined setups: Strada, Sport and Corsa.

With the first deliveries set to occur late this Summer, the Aventador has an understandably exotic price tag: $379,700.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

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 |  Mar 01 2011, 3:38 AM

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Lamborghini has unveiled it’s sixth generation of V12-powered super machines at the Geneva Auto Show today. Replacing the Murcielago in Lambo’s lineup, the Avantador LP700-4 is, according to Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelman “a jump of two generations” due to it’s tremendous advancements in technology.

Rising from the level of an exotic to a true supercar, the LP makes 700-hp from a V12 engine, powering a machine built almost entirely of carbon fiber, while using a racecar-style pushrod suspension, the company’s impressive AWD system, as well as a compact and emotional ISR single-clutch gearbox.

The monstrously large machine is now 6-inches longer than the car it replaces while being just fractions of an inch less wide. Yet for all its amazing attributes, the carbon fiber monocoque chassis is perhaps the most astounding, allowing the Aventador to weigh just under 3,500 lbs in its dry weight form.

While the chassis is revolutionary, the design itself is somewhat evolutionary, a development of the fighter-jet looks we first saw with the Reventon. The Aventador takes cues from that car as well as from the Estoque sedan concept, and retains the scissor doors that Lambos have become famous for. Another stylistic item, that’s also very functional, is the exterior vents on the car that open and close depending on when (and how much) cooling is needed.

As mentioned, power comes from a 6.5-liter V12 engine, with a total of 700-hp on tap, as well as 509 lb-ft, and when combined with AWD propels the new Lambo flagship to 62-mph in a mere 2.9 seconds.

Part of that speed it also attributable to what Lambo calls its Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) transmission, which can swap gears in just 50 ms in a special Corsa mode, delivering a more impressive shift feel than a double-clutch unit while also weighing significantly less.

Inside it’s pure luxury with a new TFT-LCD screen for the dash instead of analog instruments. It even features what Lamborghini terms a “Drive Select Mode System” that allows the driver to adjust vehicle settings (including engine, transmission, differential, steering and stability control) to one of three pre-determined setups: Strada, Sport and Corsa.

With the first deliveries set to occur late this Summer, the Aventador has an understandably exotic price tag: $379,700.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Avantador LP700-4

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 |  Feb 22 2011, 3:44 PM

After plenty of teaser shots and even some video, it’s not Lamborghini who is unveiling the new Aventador LP700-4 but a leaked image courtesy Evo Magazine Croatia.

Taking design inspiration from the Reventon, powering the successor to the Murcielago is a 6.5-liter V12 rated at roughly 690-hp. It will be 18 percent more powerful than the Murcielago, while also emitting 20 percent fewer emissions. As for the transmission, Lamborghini will make use of its new ISR 7-speed transmission – the first use of a 7-speed with a V12 in the industry. With five gear settings, (auto strada, auto sport, strada, sport and corsa) the innovative transmission will be able to deliver shift times of just 50 ms in Corsa – which is almost as quick as a Formula 1 car.

Weight is kept to a minimum thanks to a carbon fiber chassis and the LP700-4 will get a pushrod suspension setup, similar to those found on race cars.

As for the rest of the car, it will be more ergonomic than even the Gallardo, with space for larger drivers. The dash will feature a new TFT instrument cluster, meaning that it won’t have traditional physical gauges, but that all instrumentation will be displayed on a screen.

The Aventador is set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Until then, see AutoGuide’s complete 2011 Geneva Auto Show Preview here.

[Source: WorldCarFans]

 |  Feb 22 2011, 9:14 AM

Lamborghini is continuing the engineering strip-tease of its super sports car, with the latest reveal being the full rolling chassis.

Recently, Lambo showed-off the carbon fiber monocoque and now they’ve bolted on the front and rear suspension bits, as well as the cradle for the engine and transmission.

As for the suspension, it has already been confirmed as a pushrod setup, the first use of this racing style suspension in production road car. And let’s not forget the big 6.5-liter V12 engine that Lamborghini will use to deliver 690-hp.

Look for the full reveal at the Geneva Auto Show on March 1st. Until then, enjoy some teaser video of the Aventador LP700-4 after the jump:

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 |  Feb 18 2011, 9:07 AM

Lamborghini is continuing to build hype ahead of the reveal of its new supercar at the Geneva Auto Show, releasing a teaser video of the car in action.

Showing more of the exterior of the car as well as a few interior shots, it’s almost possible to make out the new gauge display that Lamborghini has said won’t actually house any physical instruments, but will instead be a display screen.

Perhaps more exciting, near the end of the clip we’re treated to the incredible sounds coming from the 690-hp 6.5-liter V12 engine.

The Aventador is set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Until then, see AutoGuide’s complete 2011 Geneva Auto Show Preview here.

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 |  Feb 11 2011, 2:21 PM

Lamborghini has already teased its new Aventador LP700-4 supercar several times, but now we have some amateur spy video of the Murcielago successor. Better yet, there isn’t just one car, but two of them doing some final shake-downs ahead of the official reveal at the Geneva Auto Show on March 1st.

Taking design inspiration from the Reventon, powering the new Lambo will be a 6.5-liter V12 rated at roughly 690-hp. It will be 18 percent more powerful than the Murcielago, while also emitting 20 percent fewer emissions. As for the transmission, Lamborghini will make use of its new ISR 7-speed transmission – the first use of a 7-speed with a V12 in the industry. With five gear settings, (auto strada, auto sport, strada, sport and corsa) the innovative transmission will be able to deliver shift times of just 50 ms in Corsa – which is almost as quick as a Formula 1 car.

Weight will be kept to a minimum thanks to a carbon fiber chassis and the LP700-4 will get a pushrod suspension setup, similar to those found on race cars.

As for the rest of the car, it will be more ergonomic than even the Gallardo, with space for larger drivers. The dash will feature a new TFT instrument cluster, meaning that it won’t have traditional physical gauges, but that all instrumentation will be displayed on a screen.

The Aventador is set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Until then, see AutoGuide’s complete 2011 Geneva Auto Show Preview here.

[Source: GTSpirit]

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 |  Jan 25 2011, 10:27 AM

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The successor to the Murcielago is shaping up to be an outrageous performance machine. Sporting a 690-hp 6.5-liter V12 engine and a complete carbon fiber monocoque, Lamborghini has now officially confirmed that the new supercar will be the first series production machine to get a pushrod suspension.

Rather than a conventional setup, the pushrod suspension is the very same design used in Formula 1 or Le Mans prototype cars, dividing the work of controlling the wheel and the appropriate amount of damping. This also allows for reduced spring rates, improving comfort. Like the Murcielago, the new model will retain the front-end lift feature, that allows for an additional 40mm of clearance.

The car will ride on 19-inch wheels with 255/35/19 tires up front and 335/30/19 tires in the rear.

Back at the Detroit Auto Show, Lambo execs informed us that the new car, rumored to be called the Aventador LP700-4, will keep the current cars DNA, retaining scissor doors, AWD and the current models massive air intakes. The 18-percent more powerful V12 will be mated to an ISR 7-speed transmission – the first use of a 7-speed with a V12 in the industry. With five gear settings, (auto strada, auto sport, strada, sport and corsa) the innovative transmission will be able to deliver shift times of just 50 ms in Corsa – which is almost as quick as a Formula 1 car.

As for the rest of the car it will be more ergonomic than even the Gallardo, with space for larger drivers. The dash will feature a new TFC instrument cluster, meaning that it won’t have traditional physical gauges, but that all instrumentation will be displayed on a screen.

Stay tuned for the official debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March and see AutoGuide’s complete 2011 Geneva Auto Show preview here.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Pushrod Suspension

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 |  Jan 03 2011, 11:27 AM

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Italian supercar manufacturer Lamborghini is just two-years away from celebrating its 50th anniversary as a car company, and according to recent reports it is working on something rather special for this milestone.

What will the new Anniversary model be is not clear at the moment. Some suggest it will be an all-new vehicle, but history has shown us that Lamborghini’s Anniversary models have always been based on their existing models. Remember the 25th Anniversary Countach, or the Diablo SE30 and the Murcielago 40th Anniversary Edition!

Currently, Lamborghini is working on the replacement model of the Murcielago, which is going by the name LP700-4 or Aventador, which will feature an all-new V12 engine. At last years Paris Auto Show, Lamborghini showed a lightweight supercar called the Sesto Elemento (above), which given its size and V10 powerplant suggests its based on the Gallardo platform.

So for now it is a guessing game as to what Lamborghini will unveil on its 50th anniversary, but we’re confident the end result will be something rather special.

[Source: World Car Fans]

 |  Jan 01 2011, 12:05 AM

There’s no doubt that 2010 has been a monumentally important year for the auto industry and one worth looking back on. From the Toyota recall crisis, to the success stories at Hyundai and Ford, to the launch of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, there have been no end of major news stories in the automotive sector.

However, 2011 is shaping up to be an equally exciting year, especially when it comes to the actual products, and so rather than a look back at the best of 2010, we thought it best to look ahead at the most anticipated cars that will debut over the next 12 months, starting in just a few weeks at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

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 |  Dec 20 2010, 7:58 AM

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Lamborghini hasn’t released any official specs on its new supercar, but we do now know that it will make 690-hp and hit 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds. This is all thanks to a leaked ordering guide.

To get more specific, the 6.5-liter V12 engine in the LP700-4 will also make 509 ft-lbs of torque, which will be sent to the ground using all four wheels and a new seven-speed ISR (Independent shifting rod) transmission that Lambo claims will shame dual-clutch units with it’s gear-shifting speed. As for a curb weight, it will come in at just 3,472 lbs.

Browse the full guide below, and spec out your own LP700-4. Heck, you can even choose the color of springs you want at each axle.

[Source: TeamSpeed]

UPDATE: Materials removed at the request of Lamborghini

 |  Dec 15 2010, 11:01 AM

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Several photos of the upcoming replacement to the Murcielago, the Lamborghini Aventador, have surfaced online, but contrary to early reports they are not spy photos. Several sources have confirmed that the candid shots are actually from a drive event Lamborghini held and the photos were press photos provided by the manufacturer.

Giving probably out best look yet at what the upcoming supercar will look like, we already know a great deal about the vehicle. While the carbon chassis has yet to be officially confirmed, Lamborghini has announced that the car will use a 6.5-liter V12 engine making 700-hp at 8250 rpm, with 509 ft-lbs of torque available at 5500 rpm.

Possibly more impressive, Lamborghini has announced a new ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) 7-speed transmission. Rather than opt for the dual-clutch setup becoming popular among other automakers, the ISR is a single clutch unit and will deliver shift times up to half the speed of a dual-clutch setup. Lamborghini also claims that at 154 lbs., the transmission is far lighter than a dual-clutch version and is also more compact. The transmission is able to shift so quickly (40 percent quicker than the E-gear setup in the Gallardo) because rather than having several gears and one shift rod to engage them, there’s a shift rod for each gear, allowing one gear to be engaging as the other one is letting off. The transmission will come with three modes: Strada (automatic), Sport and Corsa.

Coupled with AWD and a new carbon fiber monocoque chassis that will shed as much as 500 lbs from the Murcielago, the new Italian supercar should hit 60 mph in as little as 2.9 seconds.

The official reveal for Lambo’s new supercar is set for the Geneva Auto Show this March.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Prototype

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 |  Nov 29 2010, 8:27 AM

To celebrate the end of production for the Murciélago, Lamborghini recently organized a parade in its hometown of Sant’Agata Bolognese.

In attendance were such Lambo icons the the 350 GT, numerous Countach and Diablo models, a Murciélago SV and of course the Miura.

The Murcie ceased production on May 11 of this year and Lamborghini is expected to debut its new flagship supercar at the Geneva Auto Show in March, sporting a carbon fiber chassis and a new V12 engine capable of 700-hp. The new car is believed to use the name Aventador.

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 |  Nov 15 2010, 1:45 PM

Lamborghini has a long history of giving their exotic Italian machinery very purposeful names, with the latest most likely to be Aventador. The automaker recently registered the Aventador name with the U.S. trademark office and if Lambo’s previous naming strategy is anything to follow, the full name should be Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.

The name Aventador is famous for being a thousand-pound Spanish bull. The name also can mean “one who dares.” Both sound appropriate.

According to info released today, regardless of the name, the successor to the Murcielago will get a 6.5-liter V12 engine making 700-hp at 8250 rpm, with 509 ft-lbs of torque available at 5500 rpm.

Possibly more impressive, Lamborghini has announced a new ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) 7-speed transmission. Rather than opt for the dual-clutch setup becoming popular among other automakers, the ISR is a single clutch unit and will deliver shift times up to half the speed of a dual-clutch setup. Lamborghini also claims that at 154 lbs., the transmission is far lighter than a dual-clutch version and is also more compact. The transmission is able to shift so quickly (40 percent quicker than the E-gear setup in the Gallardo) because rather than having several gears and one shift rod to engage them, there’s a shift rod for each gear, allowing one gear to be engaging as the other one is letting off. The transmission will come with three modes: Strada (automatic), Sport and Corsa.

Coupled with AWD and a new carbon fiber monocoque chassis that will shed as much as 500 lbs from the Murcielago, the new Italian supercar should hit 60 mph in as little as 2.9 seconds.

[Source: Jaolpnik]